A welcome dose of dark humor for these dark times, illustrator and graphic designer Cecilia Ruiz introduces readers to the bizarre demises of thinkers, writers, monarchs, artists, and notable nobodies throughout history with stunning illustrations and witty, macabre captions in The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives. Beginning in the fifth century B.C. with the unusual death of Aeschylus and journeying chronologically to identical twins who died—on the same day—in 2011, readers will learn of people they may or may not have ever heard of, but will forever remember for their unusual final moments.
Cecilia will be joined in conversation by Ella Morton, co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders.
Please note that there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including The Book of Extraordinary Deaths. Please note that if you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase a voucher for admission.
ABOUT CECILIA RUIZ
Cecilia Ruiz is a Mexican writer, illustrator, and graphic designer living in Brooklyn. She is the author of The Book of Memory Gaps, and holds a MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
ABOUT ELLA MORTON
Ella Morton is a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based writer, focusing on overlooked aspects of history and culture. After covering consumer technology at CNET she hosted Rocketboom NYC, a web show about New York’s quirkier people and places. Her most popular interview was a chat with Cookie Monster on the set of Sesame Street. Ella is now associate editor at AtlasObscura.com, where she writes about such topics as tobacco smoke enemas, Victorian streaming music services, and the etiquette of marrying a ghost.
A welcome dose of dark humor for these dark times, from acclaimed illustrator Cecilia Ruiz
$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including The Book of Extraordinary Deaths. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.
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